Space & Astronomy News

Astronauts Begin Year in Orbit as Soyuz Docks With ISS

2 Russians, 1 American board space station; 2 to spend a year away from Earth

Two Russians and an American floated into the International Space Station on Saturday, beginning what is to be a year away from Earth for two of them. Mikhail Kornienko and Scott Kelly are to spend 342 days aboard the orbiting laboratory, about twice as long as a standard mission on the station. Russia's Gennady Padalka is beginning a six-month stay. The three astronauts entered the station abo…